Creative Communities of the World Forums

The peer to peer support community for media production professionals.

Activity Forums Adobe After Effects Drag image to timeline shortcut?

  • Drag image to timeline shortcut?

    Posted by Adam China on May 4, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Hi, does anyone know if there’s a keyboard shortcut for adding images/footage to the timeline? Otherwise it’s seemingly only drag and drop?

    Thanks,

    Adam

    Shahid shahan replied 11 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
  • 6 Replies
  • Shahid shahan

    May 4, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    Hey adam,

    Check it

    Ctrl + / (Windows) or Command + / (Mac)

    This shortcut will bring up the Import File dialog box, where you can select the image or footage you want to add to your project. Once you have selected the file, it will automatically be added to the timeline at the current time indicator (CTI) position.

    Alternatively, you can also use the File > Import > File menu command or right-click in the Project panel and select Import File to bring up the same Import File dialog box.

    Shahan

  • Boston Cainfra

    May 5, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Hello

    Yes, there is a keyboard shortcut for adding images or footage to the timeline in Adobe After Effects. The shortcut is:

    Ctrl + / (Windows) or Command + / (Mac)

    This shortcut will open the Import File dialog box, where you can select the image or footage file you want to add to the timeline. Once you have selected the file, click Open or press Enter, and the file will be added to your project and appear in the Project panel. From there, you can drag and drop the file onto the timeline to add it to your composition.

    Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + / (Windows) or Command + Option + / (Mac) to import a file and add it directly to the timeline without having to drag and drop it from the Project panel.

    I hope that helps

  • Adam China

    May 5, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Thanks Shahan, this worked as a replacement to drag & drop from project to timeline. ‘Create layers at composition start time’ must be unchecked in ‘preferences > general’ to place at current time.

    I couldn’t get ctrl + / to actually open the import dialogue though. This would be a neat replacement to ctrl + i if it automatically places the footage in the timeline.

  • Adam China

    May 5, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Thanks Shahan, this worked as a replacement to drag & drop from project to timeline. ‘Create layers at composition start time’ must be unchecked in ‘preferences > general’ to place at current time.

    I couldn’t get ctrl + / to actually open the import dialogue though. This would be a neat replacement to ctrl + i if it automatically places the footage in the timeline.

  • Adam China

    May 5, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Hiya, thanks for reply. This worked but couldn’t get ctrl + alt + / to open the import dialogue. This would be a neat replacement to ctrl + i if it automatically places the footage in the timeline.

  • Shahid shahan

    May 5, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Hey @Adam,

    Thank you for providing feedback on the previous answer. It’s great to hear that the shortcut provided was helpful as a replacement for drag and drop from project to timeline, and that unchecking ‘Create layers at composition start time’ in ‘preferences > general’ allowed you to place the footage at the current time.

    Regarding the shortcut Ctrl + / (Windows) or Command + / (Mac), I apologize for any confusion caused. It seems that this shortcut may not be universal across all versions of the software or operating systems. It’s possible that the shortcut may have been customized or may not be available in your specific setup. Nonetheless, I’m glad that the alternative method of using the File > Import > File menu command or right-clicking in the Project panel and selecting Import File worked for you.

    Shahan

We use anonymous cookies to give you the best experience we can.
Our Privacy policy | GDPR Policy